Tree Series grouping of 4

Mindy Harrell is an artist from Georgia who focuses on trees as a motif and subject in much of her work. These works are of heavily stylized trees, but keep the basic upright form of tree trunks, which I find lends them the feeling of forests seen through thick mist or fog.

 


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While the basis of her artwork is paint, sometimes Mindy incorporates other materials and objects into the works,…

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Amended: Snicket, Lemony, "A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning" HarperCollins: New York, 1999, mixed media. Emma Lehto

In this month’s Curated Collection, I have brought together a selection of text-art. The works in this collection will sometimes incorporate text into an art piece such as a painting, or use text as their primary medium. The works in this collection are by Emma Lehto, Jeffery Newman, Judy Southerland, Martin…

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Creepy (Promotional)

Chad Hardin, our featured artist for the day, was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and now lives in Utah. He spent some time as an illustrator for a video game company, before deciding to start pursuing a career as a comic artist. His portfolio is filled with gorgeous comic book artwork – images that are incredibly and realistically detailed, but with the action-packed, dramatically lit style of modern superhero comics…

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If you have ever wondered about the safety of some of the materials that you are using in your art practice? Let's open up the topic so you can be better informed. Here are three ways to raise your awareness about safety in the art studio. There are three ways you can be exposed to toxins and irritants in art material:

 

1. Inhalation - inhaling fumes or particles through the mouth or nose into the lungs

2. Absorption - by touching…

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Sunset Cape May

Photographer Ted Diamond talks a lot about the American Flag in his artist’s statement, however to focus only on that would be to overlook some of the other interesting work that he has produced.

 

I am quite taken with Ted’s series “A Man and His Bag” – which, at a glance is fairly self-explanatory, but upon a longer look is a great exercise in narrative photography, and tells an open-ended story that is up to the…

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Art by Chuck Groenink

 

Each day we seek balance - the type of balance that in turn supports our creative practice as artists. It's laundry, personal accounting, groceries, cleaning  In our efforts to manage our daily tasks and responsibilities we don't get the opportunity to create art as much as we'd like. A type of pressure builds up - for me I can start to feel anxious if I don't think I'll have time to work within the next 24…

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Aaron Curry is a sculptor from Texas who uses plywood, metal, spray paint and other materials to create large, anthropomorphic forms that seem to change depending on the angle they are seen from.  His studio space, located in a large warehouse in Los Angeles, California, must be big enough to accommodate many of these forms along the walls, as well as work tables stuffed full of paint and other supplies.

 

A recent motif in Curry’s…

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Leaping Into Freedom, acrylic on wood panel

Timothy J. Sullivan is an artist who works in a less traditional manner than simple brushstrokes. His technique of scraping away layers of media to reveal the colours and patterns beneath creates images that are at once grounded by grid-like lines, and made up of ethereal notions of colour.

 

Timothy’s arsenal of tools includes palette knives, brushes and even painting rags, all of which…

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When I worked at the art supplies shop I met many people who gave me practical advice about being an artist. The one that stuck with me the most is that it is important to be persistent in your dreams of being an artist. In other words, don't give up. Over the years of working there I met many people who were returning to art at an older age. They were another reminder to me - be persistent and don't give up. I was amazed at their…

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Truth time: Many artists experience feelings of financial stinginess when it comes to hiring a photographer to document their artwork. If you have secretly felt this way and insisted on taking your own sub par photos here's another way to think of it.

 

1. Every time you pay a trusted expert to document your work you are investing in promoting the best and most professional version of yourself and your artwork. I always feel good…

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Today I'm hoping that you can draw some inspiration from these incredible artworks from artist Martin Klimas. Likened to Jackson Pollock in 3-d, the artist uses music to cause the paint to vibrate upwards and then captures this beautiful phenomenon with expert photography. Stunning to behold, these images are created by many different types of music from Kraftwerk to Miles Davis. I love how the colours mix together within the…

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